I just received confirmation that I will be a vendor at SharkCon on July 16th and 17th at the Florida State Fairgrounds! This is big! I have loved sharks since I was a little girl. I saw an article in a magazine about sharks giving birth and I have been fascinated by them ever since. I started college as a marine biology major but soon learned my skills were better suited to the humanities, so sharks just became a hobby. I learned to scuba dive so I could swim with sharks, I collect shark stuff, read shark books, and have volunteered at two local aquariums.
So what is SharkCon? Well its like ComicCon for shark geeks like me. Its a gathering of conservationists, advocates, divers, educators, artists, the occasional celebrity (Richard Dreyfuss, Ian Zeiring), and other ecological organizations to discuss our shared passion for sharks and the environment. I've been attending SharkCon as a spectator for years. After attending last year I decided this was the year to do it as a vendor.
I can't tell you what a thrill it was to meet the cast members and screenwriter from Jaws! Richard Dreyfuss was delightful!
I also got to meet Ian Ziering from Sharknado. He was so awesome! This year's guest list is still evolving so check the website to see if there is someone you want to meet. So far I don't see any film and TV stars but there are some great conservation heroes speaking.
Every now and then my passion for sharks collides with my passion for making jewelry. I make a few pieces with a shark theme but I guess now I will have to step it up!
After a two year hiatus due to Covid, Eco Fest is back! I was very excited to participate in this eco-focused event. I mean, how could I not? I love that this is such a family friendly event. Its organized by Learning Gate Community School and all the students, parents, and faculty are volunteers. The help with loading, setting up, bringing the vendors water, and even covering our booth if we need a bathroom break! Other events could learn a lesson from them. There was a good crowd, great weather, lots of entertainment.
This year it was held at MOSI which, to me, was a perfect location. I hope they do it there again. In previous years it has been at Julian Lane Riverfront Park and Lowry Park. I think this was the best that i have done.